recording of Creatures of the Abyss, by Murray Leinster.
Read by Mark Nelson.
Orejas de ellos, "the things that listen", whispered the superstitious fishermen when the strange occurrences began off the Philippine coast. How else explain the sudden disappearance of a vessel beneath a mysterious curtain of foam? The writhings of thousands of maddened fish trapped in a coffin-like area of ocean? What monsters gorged at the bottom of the Luzon Deep and what were their plans? Radar expert Terry Holt and the crew of the Esperance had to devise a weapon against the horrifying creatures which threatened mankind with extinction. Here are terror, excitement, and the clutch of cold death as combined by a master hand in the field of science fiction. (Summary by from original book jacket)
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November 4, 2013
Something is fishy in the South China Sea
hmmm... Which came first, "Creatures of the Abyss," or John Wyndham's "The Kraken Wakes" (a.k.a. "Out of the Deeps")? I'm not for a moment suggesting either author plagiarized the other. Nevertheless the plot similarities between the two works are remarkable, which I'll chalk up to great minds thinking alike.
Anyway, about "Creatures of the Abyss," I love a good mystery and I love a good science fiction yarn. This Leinster novelette provides both in a compact package. It's a real page turner, so to speak. As we have come to expect, Mark Nelson gives another outatanding reading.
NOTE: An excellent radio play adaptation of "The Kraken Wakes," produced by the CBC, is available here at IA in the Old Time Radio Collection.
June 26, 2013
Good short story
Strange sound emanating from the bottom of the sea; strange objects attached to the fish, and a HUGE squid attacking ships, and that's just part of this neat short story.
Excellent reading, thank you.